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Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana

A private, 7-day mobile safari for adventurous families revealing Northern Botswana’s unique mix of stunning landscapes. Covering considerable distances, the tour’s primary focus is on thrilling game drives, with some water-based activities included.

Arid plains, forests and sparkling waterways teeming with game and spectacular birdlife are there to be explored, with a dedicated camp team on hand to relocate the tented accommodation as the journey progresses.

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Itinerary

Overview


  • Follow in the footsteps of the explorers on this 7-day mobile safari for adventurous families

  • Enjoy superb dry-season vehicle safaris plus water-based activities at Chobe Waterfront

  • Witness the rocky outcrops of the Savute, the lily-lined waterways of the Khwai Concession, and the vast expanses of the Chobe National Park

  • Sleep under the stars in Meru-style tented accommodation

  • Simple yet comfortable camping experience offering 6 nights of affordability, flexibility and low environmental footprint

  • If budget and time allows, we recommend extending to include a couple of relaxing nights at Victoria Falls after your safari.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: KHWAI GAME RESERVE
Fly from Maun to Kwhai on a small aircraft flight. On arrival at the Khwai Game Reserve, guests settle in to camp, meeting their private guide and dedicated camp team. The meru-style family tents are carefully designed with interlinking parent and child sleeping quarters, and falling asleep to the sounds of the bush is a delight.

DAY 2: KHWAI GAME RESERVE
Embark on the first day of vehicle safari in this beautiful private concession located in the north eastern Okavango, adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. There’s a fascinating mix of habitats to explore, from mopane forests and riverine woodland, to stunning palm islands and lily-lined lagoons. Lion, hyena, wild dogs, leopard and cheetah roam here, along with buffalo, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe and zebra. The huge concentrations of migrating elephant are a particular delight, and the birdlife is spectacular. Back at base, relax and enjoy being looked after by the dedicated camp team.

DAY 3: SAFARI FROM KHWAI TO SAVUTE GAME RESERVE
Most of today is spent enjoying a game drive en-route from the Khwai concession to Chobe National Park’s wild and remote Savute Game Reserve. Zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, impala and buffalo graze here, and Savute’s tall, shady forests are home to entertaining troops of baboon. Historically an arid area, the main feature of this mysterious landscape is the ephemeral Savute Channel which has recently begun flowing again, bringing the plains to life. Vast numbers of elephant congregate at the water holes, sightings of lion and hyena are common and, if lucky, cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs may also be spotted.

DAY 4: SAVUTE GAME RESERVE
A full day to enjoy thrilling game-viewing in the Savute Channel.

DAY 5: SAFARI FROM SAVUTE TO CHOBE WATERFRONT GAME RESERVE
Most of today is taken up with an engaging vehicle safari as the tour progresses northwards to the beautiful Chobe Waterfront Game Reserve.

DAY 6: CHOBE WATERFRONT GAME RESERVE
A full day’s safari on the Chobe Waterfront in the beautiful north-eastern corner of the immense Chobe National Park. While the waterfront can become busy, your expert guide will know how to avoid the crowds. Chobe wildlife is superb with hippo, elephant, leopard, waterbuck, spotted hyena and buffalo here in abundance, along with huge prides of lion. Home to amazing birdlife, this is a photographer’s paradise. The tour itinerary is flexible, with potential opportunities for boat cruises and catch-and-release fishing (seasonal). Back at camp, enjoy a final evening of being well looked after by your private team.

DAY 7: DEPARTURE / ONWARD TRAVEL
Today, bid your guide and team farewell in Kasane. If time and budget allows, we recommend extending to include 2/3 nights in Victoria Falls which is only an hour's drive away from Kasane.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Mobile Camp
- Interconnecting Family Tents
- Ensuite Bush Shower & Loo
- Fully Serviced Camp

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Mobile Camp
- Interconnecting Family Tents
- Ensuite Bush Shower & Loo
- Fully Serviced Camp

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Mobile Camp
- Interconnecting Family Tents
- Ensuite Bush Shower & Loo
- Fully Serviced Camp

Details

Getting there

The starting point for this safari is Maun and the finish point is Kasane. South African Airways and Air Botswana both serve Botswana (Maun and Kasane) from Johannesburg (daily) and most international travellers will fly into Johannesburg and connect either same or next day to Botswana. There are also less frequent services available into Botswana from Cape Town and Nairobi.

Price includes


  • Private guide and open game drive vehicles

  • All meals including 3 course dinner and drinks (bottled water, selection of soft drinks, beer, red or white wine at dinner, Gin/whiskey/Brandy/Amarula/Tonic)

  • Open game drive vehicles with shade roof and game viewing seats

  • Park entry and camping fees, Government taxes & levies

  • Fully serviced camping in walk-in Mini Meru tents (4 x 3 m) with two bedrooms, interconnecting bathroom, two ensuite bush showers and bush toilets.

  • Light aircraft flight from Maun into Khwai to meet your safari guide and camp

When is best?

This itinerary is possible year round, peak times are from about May until the end of October, which is the best time for game viewing and viewing the Falls with medium - high water levels.

Is it for me?

There are pros and cons to a mobile safari vs a fly in fixed camp/lodge based safari. The biggest compromises inherent in the mobile safari approach are the levels of luxury and driving times between locations. On the other hand a lightweight mobile camp setup put up less barriers between you and the wilderness in keeping with the traditional safari ethos and you get to see more of the country. Another advantage of a mobile safari is that mobile guides tend to be the stars of the industry, with the job requiring greater skill and experience than a camp based guide. It can also work out considerably better value for a family of four or more with the cost of the staff / vehicles etc. split across the group.

We would usually recommend this kind of safari to more adventurous families.

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    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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